AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has praised Mario Balotelli after the Italian international played a starring role in the 3-2 win over Udinese on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old opened the scoring at the Stadio Friuli with this spectacular free-kick before helping his side protect their lead despite a stirring comeback from the hosts.
Balotelli has impressed since returning to San Siro, with his quality on the ball coupled with his control over his temperament leading to high praise from his coach.
“The real Balotelli has returned, and he can now handle the provocation,” Mihajlovic said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“He was perfect, the best player on the pitch. He made a real difference and I’m happy with that, but he has to continue doing so.”
The Liverpool striker, who is currently on loan at the Italian giants for the rest of the season, was undoubtedly singled out by Udinese in Tuesday night’s clash, but denied them the reaction that they were seeking.
Having scored 30 goals in 54 games in his previous stint with Milan, it is evident that the Rossoneri get the best out of the underachieving star and they may well look to reward him with a second permanent chance at the club provided that he continues to impress.
Balotelli faces strong competition from Carlos Bacca and Luiz Adriano for a place in the starting line-up, but Mihajlovic was clearly pleased with his contribution in mid-week.